Get a Health Check, Get Moving and Keep Talking

November 20, 2018| Epworth News /

This was the take home message to around 80 Epworth team members who gathered on the Movember rooftop for a breakfast in November to support men's health at Epworth and across the community.

Speaking at the event, Dr Peter Larkins, Epworth Doctor, media personality and former athlete, said while there was still a long way to go, good progress had been made over the past decade in Australia to raise awareness and conversations about men's health.

He said the focus of men's health on physical  measurable things such as prostate, bowel, lung and skin cancers, heart disease and cholesterol, had broadened to include mental and spiritual health, inclusive of work life balance.

As the Duke of Sussex said at the recent Invictus games, ‘It’s ok not to be ok’
— Dr Peter Larkins

Dr Larkins said historical barriers to change of apathy, embarrassment, and outdated male stereotypes was increasingly overridden by strong positive messages – including from high profile athletes, politicians and celebrities who had suffered in silence,  spoken up, and done something constructive to change their situation.

The main factors that determine health are genetics, a family history of an illness, environmental factors such as pollution, and behaviour, which includes areas like smoking, exercise and lifestyle Dr Larkins said. Whilst we can't do much about our genetics, behavioural choices contribute to around 50 per cent of health issues. Yet, we have a lot of control over these…. Exercise is the best non-pharmaceutical drug.

The other speaker at the event was Paul Villanti, who is the Executive Director of programs at Movember. Paul spoke to the array of initiatives that Movember is undertaking with respect to male mental health, and highlighted the importance but often overlooked factor of social connectedness in helping males leading healthier lives.


Join the conversation on The Village

June 17, 2019| Health and Wellbeing/

When Period Pain Strikes Again

We caught up with Dr Kent Kuswanto, Epworth obstetrician and gynaecologist to talk all things periods.

June 13, 2019| Our Community/

Team Recipes - Super Moist Gluten Free Banana Bread

Recipes brought to you by the Epworth team. You can’t stop at one slice and you’ll never know it’s gluten free! Slice & serve warm.

June 11, 2019| Our Community/

First Birthday for Epworth Cousins

It’s been a year since we’ve been following sisters Alex and Jane’s bubs - Charlotte and Lola. It’s been a year since they both gave birth to their daughters, one at Epworth Freemasons and the other at Epworth Geelong. Let’s find out how life has changed since then.

June 4, 2019| Health and Wellbeing/

Ovarian Cysts

An ovarian cyst is a fluid filled sac or pouch which forms on the ovary. Ovarian cysts, in most cases are harmless and resolve on their own. If the cyst is cancerous, it requires medical intervention. Ovarian cysts are common in women of childbearing age.

May 21, 2019| Health and Wellbeing/

Catering for Someone with a Food Allergy

With 1 in 10 infants now developing a food allergy, being conscious of what you are buying and how you prepare food is more important than ever.